100 killed in Plateau, Taraba by suspected Fulani herdsmen

It was gathered that no fewer than 100 people, including a pastor and three soldiers, were killed at the weekend and Monday in Plateau and Taraba states.

Seventy of the deaths were recorded in Karim Lamido and Takum local government areas of Taraba State and 30 in two villages at the Barkin Ladi LGA   of Plateau State.

It was learnt that suspected Fulani herdsmen   invaded Vat and Zakupang , killing Pastor Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nation and 29 others in the early hours of Monday.

Spokesman for the Special Task Force,   Ikedichi Iweha, told our correspondent in Jos   that the herdsmen took the action following the theft of about 400 of their cows.   More than 300   of the stolen cows, according to him, were later found and returned to their owners.

He explained that the cows were stolen in Jos East and   taken to Barakin Ladi, a development that made the herdsmen to launch the attacks.

The Chairman of Barkin Ladi LGA,   Emmanuel Lomang, who also confirmed the incident to journalists   in Jos, said the   attackers   killed 17 people   in Vat and 13 others in Zakupang, where the Minister of Water Resources, Serah Ochekpe, hails from.

Lomang decried what he called “incessant   attacks” on his people   and challenged the security agencies, especially the Special Task Force to arrest the perpetrators.

The village head of Kapwen in Foron District,   Gwom Ishaku Pam,   confirmed Gwom’s death.

He added   that a lady, Pualina, who got married two weeks ago, was among those killed by the herdsmen.

Pam said the series of   attacks on the villagers   had been causing them sleepless nights.

Efforts to contact the state Police Public Relations Officer,   Emmanuel Abuh,   proved abortive as his telephone could not be reached.

The latest Plateau incident came as the Taroh people in Wase condemned the invasion of three of their communities by soldiers on reprisal on Saturday.

The soldiers were said to have arrived Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata   in about 40 vehicles   following reports of alleged killing of six of their colleagues at Angwan Nanmi in Karin Lamido LGA.

Although Iweha said that 28 people were killed, the traditional ruler of Kadarko,   Lot Nde, put the figure at 39.

The STF spokesman added that the soldiers, who destroyed an armoury   in Kadarko, had succeeded in flushing   out militiamen that had been terrorising people along the Plateau -Taraba border.

He said,   “I want to give you an update on the military operation to flush out militia from Kadarko. I wish to let you know that the operation is completed and soldiers killed 28 of the militia. One soldier was killed in the encounter. Our men also destroyed an armoury used by the militiamen in Kadarko.

“The incident actually started on April 28 when the militiamen ambushed and killed six soldiers. The manner these soldiers were killed was dehumanising because their eyes were plucked out; heads decapitated and their bodies severed.

“Four of our men are still missing. All these  prompted the 3 Armourd Division and STF to carry out an operation to flush out these militiamen.

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